Ratio of rejection to acceptance: 21 to 3

Big news! Half-way through the year, I finally have some successes to report. The stack of books beside my bed includes two books that I have been tapped to review for The International Gay & Lesbian Review. And, Room, one of my favourite literary journals, has accepted three of my poems for publication in its next…Read more Ratio of rejection to acceptance: 21 to 3

Minutiae

I love this post by Intersecting Terry. Do you love words, too? What’s your favourite? Here are a few of mine: serendipity, heartfelt and verdant.

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Minutiae.  Don’t you love how the word sounds coming off your tongue? Say it out loud,  mi-nyoo-she-aye. 

I love words. I don’t know why, I wasn’t a bookish kid. Perhaps it came from feelings of not being heard when I was younger, of being misunderstood.  I used to yell a lot.  I was the queen of the temper tantrum as a child. Now I tend to use words, rather than volume, to make my voice heard. (Admittedly, I can be just an annoying to argue with, but at least I’m quieter.)

I’m no poet, but I love those who are.  I love wordplay. I love wit, I love the rhythm and articulation of words.  And I love the power of words.

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I don’t use words to sound smart — and if I do, I’m found out because it will come off sounding as pretentious as it is.  I use words…

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Have you read this? Joyce Zonana’s Brilliant analysis of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

In her 1975 manifesto, “The Laugh of the Medusa,” French feminist Hélène Cixous urges women to write: “Writing is for you, you are for you; your body is yours, take it. . . . Women must write through their bodies, they must invent the impregnable language that will wreck partitions, classes, and rhetorics, regulations and […]…Read more Have you read this? Joyce Zonana’s Brilliant analysis of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Hear, hear: Check out Halli Casser-Jayne’s podcast for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Halli Casser-Jayne is an engaging and insightful interviewer. In honour of Holocaust Remembrance Day last week she interviewed two talented authors of historical fiction about their most recent books: New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff (The Orphan's Tale) and Jessica Shattuck (The Women in the Castle). Readers, writers, history buffs--there is something for everyone…Read more Hear, hear: Check out Halli Casser-Jayne’s podcast for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Reading New Boy? Check out the soundtrack.

New Boy, the soundtrack: Let Roberta Flack, The Jackson Five and Three Dog Night transport you to 1974. Tracy Chevalier, author of nine brilliant novels, has created a soulful playlist to accompany New Boy, a retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello. Check out other playlists, including one for Chevalier's novel At the end of the Orchard.

Must-read books (from the TED Blog)

TED2017 begins on Monday in Vancouver, Canada, and will explore the theme “The Future You.” If the future you is anything like the future us, you are likely curled up in a big cushy chair right now, devouring the contents of a book that flips your thinking. Below, some reading suggestions from the speaker program.…Read more Must-read books (from the TED Blog)